Q. Is there a maximum amount of funds that can be requested for a project?
A. The maximum funds available is $2.6 million for Drought Resilience and $1.7 million for Agricultural Innovation projects. Please keep in mind that the budget should be reasonable given the proposed activities. Also keep in mind the timeframes for completion of projects and what is feasible in that time.
- For Drought Resilience: up to 18 months, final report submitted by recipients March 31, 2024
- For Agricultural Innovation: up to 12 months, final report submitted by June 30, 2023
Q. What is the difference between a cash, and in-kind contribution?
A. Cash contributions covers money that is provided to the project. In-kind contributions are non-cash, for example, people’s time to be involved, use of office space, equipment or services that would otherwise be purchased or hired.
Q. Can co-contributions be entirely in-kind? Is there a minimum required cash contribution?
A. Co-contributions can be made up of all in-kind; all cash; or a mix of both.
Q. How should I calculate in-kind salary contributions, do you have a guideline for hourly rates?
A. Calculations should be based on actual salary costs (including on-costs) based on the time people are expected to contribute to the project.
For community-based or volunteer groups, online tools may be helpful, e.g. https://www.volunteeringtas.org.au/for-organisations/resources/
Q. Is there a cap on any of the co-contribution categories? Is it up to the applicant to assess the value?
A. There’s no cap, but estimates do need to be based on realistic estimations of the type and value of contributions required.
Q. We’re a Hub Partner, can I allocate my existing co-contribution for the Hub to the project?
A. Yes, but only where that allocation has not been used for other purposes in the Hub.
Q. Can I use other activities funded by the Commonwealth as a co-contribution?
A. No, activities already funded by the Commonwealth cannot be used as a co-contribution.
While these activities cannot be counted as part of your co-contribution, we encourage projects that link to FDF or Commonwealth funded programs for broader or deeper impact.
COLLABORATIONS AND WORKING WITH THE HUB
Q. Is there a platform to connect people or groups who are keen to collaborate but haven’t found a partner yet?
A. Get in touch with the Hub team at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and connect you with others.
Q. Successful applicants will need to work with the Hub – what is the estimated time required for this? Can this be included in the budget?
A. It’s hard for us to provide an estimate because it may vary depending on the needs of the project. For example, if your team has a lot of experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning, you will not need to spend a lot of additional time with the Hub team on this activity.
As a starting point, think about the type of support your project might need from the Hub. This can be discussed and refined through the contracting process.
Yes, the time spent by the project team working with the Hub should be included in the budget. Please provide your best estimate.
Q. For the Agricultural Innovation projects, 12 months is a short timeframe for establishing demonstration sites, is there a plan for any other calls?
A. This is the only call of this type in the current life of the Hub. We’re working on how the Hub is sustained after our current funding ends in 2024 and hope to offer subsequent rounds in the future.
TYPES OF PROJECTS
Q. What if projects fit across both drought resilience and agricultural innovation priority themes?
A. We suggest you target the call that is most suited to the focus and planned outcomes of your project. If you can show broader connections or reference contributions to other areas, that’s great, however you will need to choose one or the other.
Q. Will there be any preference given to applications that are planned as an initial stage of a larger yet to be funded project?
A. No. Criteria and weighting are listed in the guidelines (p10-11). Projects need to clearly demonstrate contribution to outcomes and priority areas, and a clear pathway to impact, regardless of whether they are building on existing work, or planning an initial phase.
Q. Are you looking for projects that will build some kind of legacy?
A. We’re looking for projects that have clear pathways to sustained, on-ground impact in the priority theme areas. It’s unlikely that all projects will be able to have clear impact in the short timeframes, but a plan for how longer-term impact will be achieved and sustained is part of our criteria.
Legacy results when outcomes and impact accumulate over time. If projects can shape how the Hub’s work is conducted for sustained impact, then projects that can contribute to that goal are considered in scope.
Q. When will successful projects start?
A. Short listing and assessment of applications by the Panel will happen in June. Once projects have been selected, they’ll start as soon as contracting can be completed.
Q. Can Commonwealth entities like CSIRO apply?
A. Not as the lead organisation, but you can be involved and partner with others – keeping in mind the limitations on counting Commonwealth funding as co-contribution. Entities like CSIRO are best placed to evaluate whether or not a cash request from the TASAg Hub would be funding items or activities that are already being funded by the Commonwealth. For example, if an employee's salary is being paid by the Commonwealth, then recovery of the same salary costs from the TASAg Hub pool of funds would be 'double counting' and would thus be considered ineligible.
Q. Who owns the intellectual property generated through the projects?
A. It is a condition of the funding that project outputs will be made publicly and freely available. If intellectual property is likely to be generated during the project and/or you are bringing background intellectual property, then specific arrangements or agreements need to be negotiated. The Hub does not support work for the sole benefit of individual businesses. Any products, services or systems under development should deliver broad benefits. Please contact us to discuss your specific circumstances via email@example.com.